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Travel and other thought-provoking summer events

10 days in a bus can still teach one a thing or two. Like how asphalt will tent in extreme heat, blocking the whole autobahn. Or how upsetting Norwegians find dealing with older German tourists who speak fondly of their time in Norway back in the 40’s (I’m sure some US GI’s have made the […]

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Wordless Wednesday – 100F in the sun! In Bergen, Norway!

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Time for the red, white and blue

Norway’s Constitution Day Wordless Wednesday

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Oppholdstillatelse / residence permit – news

Damen hos politiet ba meg bruke jungeltelegrafen. Om hva? Jo, at nå skal det bli slutt på “stempel” i passet, dette innlimte arket med dårlig bilde og gyldighetsdato. I juni begynner ny ordning med et plastkort (sikkert med like dårlig bilde) og to års gyldighet. Kortet ordnes med personlig fremmøte (som nå), men sendes i […]

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Wordless Wednesday – Frisbee Golf

Wordless Wednesday

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Wordless Wednesday – Snow day!

Wordless Wednesday

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Aiming for the smallest annoyance

My high school teacher told us students that we may not have anything to vote for, but we always have something to vote against. That statement has often been the only reason I have bothered to vote. In the US it is easy to find who or what to vote against. Most questions there are […]

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A week later

Yesterday all flags were flown at half-mast in Norway, in honor of all those who lost their lives Friday July 22 2011. I offer my own condolences to all those who have lost loved ones, and to Norway itself. It’s been an intense week. I have learned that those of us who actually turned off […]

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10 years ago – and now

Ten years ago I got to see the Manhattan skyline for myself. This photo was taken with not so good camera 10 years ago this month. Two months later, the two characteristic towers of the World Trade Center were gone. I bring this up now because, right now, as I type, rescue workers are still […]

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Wordless Wednesday – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (updated)

Wordless Wednesday Later, that same night:

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The Mayans and their calendar

Sometimes I do my best writing in other people’s comments. Not fair to you, dear reader, so I’ll repost and elaborate here. The discussion in the link above was about the weather. If you’ve been paying attention to my sidebar, you know that I now have another blog where I post weather forecasts made with […]

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The Starving Economist: People–A Liability?!

A friend of mine has an excellent summary of what’s really wrong with society, the economy, etc.: People. No, there’s nothing wrong with people. The problem is that we aren’t taking care of people. The Starving Economist: People–A Liability?!

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Obama’s amazing adventure

Norway’s newspapers are, of course, full of articles about president Barack Obama’s visit to Oslo in order to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Paging through one of our online newspapers, I found a juxtaposition that amused me. The top photo shows Obama and the First Lady disembarking upon arrival in Oslo this morning and the […]

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Royal angels and tweets

Lately, Princess Märtha Louise has been in the news because of her new book about angels, co-written with Elisabeth Samnøy, with whom the princess also runs an angel school with. I kid you not. The funny part is that the usually staid Norwegians are flocking to hear her speak and to buy her book. Nothing […]

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The war that never ends

In an attempt to escape Halloween (I’ll talk about that later) yesterday, I went to a theater play. “Operasjon Almenrausch” (sorry, little info in English) was more like a live docudrama, and what a great way to tell a story! Extremely clever staging, with the action taking place all over and the audience seated in […]

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Miscellaneous catching up

So somebody missed me (hi, Protege!). If it weren’t for Wordless Wednesdays, they wouldn’t know I was still alive. Well, I am, and here’s a run-down of what’s been grabbing my attention this month: Autumn got busy, as it usually does. I’ve been trying to focus on my astrology in order to forecast the weather […]

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Am I… old???

I first saw a computer in the 1970’s and my first job out of high school was for a manufacturer of so-called mini-machines: The size of a washing machine, with storage and memory measured in kilobytes, not megabytes, and running BASIC. Barely 10 years later, I was an expert with WordPerfect on an IBM PC, […]

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Shooting (for) the moon

The latest activity to capture the interest of the fringe and lunatics (never was that description more apt) is the fact that NASA/the US is going to set off a nuclear bomb and blast our dear Luna out of its orbit. Following the sage advice of others to consider Google my friend (though there are […]

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Wordless Wednesday – King of Pop

Wordless Wednesday

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Flu proof?

My grandma, who was born in 1910, told me how she, her sister and her father all lay sick – so weak they were often unconscious – for two weeks with the Spanish flu in 1918. Grandma’s mother didn’t get sick at all. Not even so much as a sniffle. The Norwegian newspapers announced yesterday […]